U-19 Cricket World Cup: Uganda’s coach confident ahead of kickoff

U-19 Cricket World Cup: Uganda’s coach confident ahead of kickoff

The head coach of Uganda’s Cricket U-19 team, Ivan Thawithemwira has said he is confident his team will deliver the results at the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022.

“We have selected a well balanced side that we are sure will deliver the results and make Ugandans proud,” said Thawithemwira on Tuesday when the final 15-man squad was revealed.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 Cricket World Cup will take place January 3rd to February 4th, 2022. Uganda are pooled in Group B alongside India, South Africa and Ireland.

Thawithemwira made it clear that they have tried to be consistent with the selection to give more opportunity to the group of players who were part of the team that made it through the qualifiers in Rwanda.

Pascal Murungi who has been maintained as the team captain told Sports News Africa that they are working hard to make sure that they are in good form when the event starts. “We believe the team has a good chance to perform well,” added Murungi.

It will be the third time the Ugandan team features at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup after the 2004 event in Bangladesh and 2006 in Sri Lanka.

Martin Ondeko, the Chief Executive Officer of the Cricket Association in Uganda (UCA) said the team will depart on January 1st where they will play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Scotland.

The Ugandan team will open their World Cup campaign with a game against Ireland on January 15th, before they face South Africa two days later and wind-up the group stage with a game against India on January 18th.

The other teams that will take part in the ICC Cricket U-19 World Cup include; Bangladesh, Canada, England, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and hosts West Indies.

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Uganda’s Squad

Pascal Murungi (Captain), Ismail Munir, Akram Nsubuga, Christopher Kidega, Pius Oloka, Joseph Baguma, Matthew Musinguzi, Ronald Omara, Cyrus Kakuru, Brian Asaba, Isaac Sanyu Ategeka, Ronald Opio, Ronald Lutaaya, Edwin Nuwagaba, Juma Miyagi.

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